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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
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How to decide which college is the best fit for me?

Hi everyone! I'm a junior and starting to build my college list. I'm having trouble deciding which colleges would be the best fit for me. What factors should I consider when choosing a college, and how can I get a better understanding of a school's atmosphere without visiting in person? Thanks for your help!

9 months ago

Hello! Building your college list can be an exciting and challenging task. To find the best fit for you, consider factors such as location, size, academic programs, extracurricular activities, and campus culture. Think about what you value most in a college experience and let that guide your search.

To figure out the location you prefer, ask yourself if you'd like to attend college in an urban, suburban, or rural setting. Do you want to stay close to home or are you willing to move across the country? Size matters too; some students thrive in a close-knit, small college environment, while others seek the diversity and resources of a larger university.

Research the academic programs and majors available at each college on your list. Look for faculty and research opportunities in areas that interest you. Don't forget to check the availability of support services such as tutoring, advising, and career counseling.

A college's extracurriculars can also make a significant impact on your experience. Find schools with clubs, sports, and organizations that align with your interests and aspirations.

Since you can't visit every college in person, take advantage of virtual tours, online information sessions, and social media to get a feel for the campus atmosphere. Connecting with current students and alumni can also provide valuable insights into a school's culture and what it's like to be a student there.

Good luck with your college search!

9 months ago

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